USA-64

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USA-64
Navstar-2.jpg
A Block II GPS satellite
Mission type Navigation
Operator US Air Force
COSPAR ID 1990-088A
SATCAT № 20830
Mission duration 7.5 years (planned)[1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type GPS Block II[1]
Manufacturer Rockwell[1]
Launch mass 840 kilograms (1,850 lb)[2]
Start of mission
Launch date 1 October 1990, 21:56:00 (1990-10-01UTC21:56Z) UTC
Rocket Delta II 6925,[3] D199[3]
Launch site Cape Canaveral LC-17A[3]
End of mission
Deactivated 14 March 2007 (2007-03-15)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Medium Earth
(Semi-synchronous)
Perigee 19,972 kilometres (12,410 mi)[4]
Apogee 20,390 kilometres (12,670 mi)[4]
Inclination 54.9 degrees[4]
Period 717.94 minutes[4]

USA-64, also known as GPS II-9 and GPS SVN-15, was an American navigation satellite which formed part of the Global Positioning System. It was the last of nine Block II GPS satellites to be launched, which were the first operational GPS satellites to fly. It was also the last Block II satellite to be retired from service.

USA-64 was launched at 21:56:00 UTC on 1 October 1990, atop a Delta II carrier rocket, flight number D199, flying in the 6925 configuration.[3] The launch took place from Launch Complex 17A at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,[5] and placed USA-64 into a transfer orbit. The satellite raised itself into medium Earth orbit using a Star-37XFP apogee motor.[1]

On 31 October 1990, USA-64 was in an orbit with a perigee of 19,972 kilometres (12,410 mi), an apogee of 20,390 kilometres (12,670 mi), a period of 717.94 minutes, and 54.9 degrees of inclination to the equator.[4] It operated in slot 5 of plane D of the GPS constellation.[6] The satellite had a mass of 840 kilograms (1,850 lb), and generated 710 watts of power.[2] It had a design life of 7.5 years,[1] and ceased operations on 14 March 2007, having been removed from active service on 17 November 2006 for testing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Krebs, Gunter. "GPS-2 (Navstar-2)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Navstar 2-09". US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch List". Launch Vehicle Database. Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Wade, Mark. "Navstar". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 10 July 2012.